Lasith Malinga named ambassador for World T20 2012.posted under: International | All news
|Sri Lanka’s star pacer Lasith Malinga was chosen to lead his country into the ICC World T20 later this year as the tournament’s official event ambassador.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) made the unanimous decision and Malinga will go into September as more than just a cricketer. “Malinga, was selected as the Event Ambassador in recognition of his skills as a role model both on and off the field of play,” the ICC said in a statement.
Since his debut in 2004, Malinga’s explosive bowling has seen him rise to the top, his unorthodox style earning him the nickname ‘Slinga Malinga’. No other Sri Lankan cricketer would fit better in the ambassador’s role as his distinct, colorful and stylish personality has a lot in common with the intensity of the shortest format of the game.
Haroon Lorgat, ICC’s chief executive was quoted saying that Malinga’s popularity transcends Sri Lanka and he is the ideal choice for the role.
“It is wonderful to have Lasith Malinga as the tournament ambassador for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka. Lasith is a special player and one of the most recognizable cricketers in the world.
“Whenever he runs in to bowl with his distinctive action there is a thrill in the game. I am sure he will add to the buzz that has already surfaced and crowds will flock to see players like Lasith represent their country in the ICC World Twenty20,” he was quoted saying.
Malinga, now the face of the event’s ad campaign, plans to promote it globally and get a lot more support from communities which are a little distant from the cricket world.
He was quoted saying: “I am honored to play a part in the first ICC World Twenty20 tournament to be hosted in Asia. As an ambassador, I hope to take the T20 message to all communities and passionate fans across the world. I sincerely thank the ICC for giving Sri Lanka the opportunity to host an event of this magnitude and I invite all cricket fans to show their support and unite in the spirit of the game.”